There. I said it. I love Pinkberry. I didn’t want to like it. In fact, I didn’t tell any of my friends I was sneaking over to Preston Royal every night for a LARGE cup of chocolate swirly goodness. (Sorry, their words not mine.) I didn’t think I had a problem until one night I got out of my pajamas and drove over before they closed. I bought three cups (almost $17!) to keep in my freezer.
How could I face Teresa, my counselor at Jenny Craig, with this news? (Oh, no! I just gave away a super secret about myself!) My 5’5” frame couldn’t take so much excess swirly goodness 7 nights a week, I had to stop. So I did. Cold (beat, beat, beat) turkey.
I am ten days swirly goodness sober. So, I hesitate to tell you that Pinkberry will be serving swirly goodness in West Village by February 12.
Hey, Adam Saxton, Director of Development and Pinkberry Brand Manager at Saxton Pierce Restaurant Corporation, what are you doing? “Watching the Pinkberry brand earn fans locally has been a very exciting experience for our corporation. Few brands gain the instant following that Pinkberry does, and we are excited to bring Pinkberry to an additional part of Dallas so more people locally can experience the one-of-a-kind product, dedication to customer service, and the inspiring environment that go along with a Pinkberry store.” He added “this second location is just the beginning of Pinkberry in North Texas. We look forward to announcing additional location in the coming weeks.”
(Chant with me: Northwest Highway and Midway.)12 Comments »
DMN dining critic Leslie Brenner is on a diet. On January 4, she announced that she is determined to lose 20 pounds on her Restaurant Critic’s Diet. (I’m sure the Oprah’s peeps have already called.) So far, Brenner has dropped 9 pounds in 7 weeks. Today in an f-laden post (Foodies Fit Forever!) she reports that, on deadline, she managed to burn 401 calories at the gym.
Teresa Gubbins, always on deadline at Pegasus News, decided to take a shot at La Brenner’s efforts. In a tidy little essay, “Shedding #s, The Restaurant Critics Diet,” La Gubbins, the emaciated veteran dining reporter, takes a look at the dietary hazards of being a restaurant critic. Gouda stuff.1 Comment »
I am hard at work on the next issue of D Magazine. (Translation: I am perfecting the fine art of procrastination by reading every blog in town.) In a post on December 14 on Eatsblog, Leslie “Catch a Falling Pound” Brenner, announced that frequent foodie blog commenter Dallas Dude was “a real person” and was joining the Eatsblog as a community blogger. She writes:
You may know him from his comments as Dallas Dude, but Steven Doyle is a real person — one who, in his job in high-tech sales, does a lot of driving around the DFW. As he does so, he keeps an eye open for great-looking spots to eat. I’m pleased to tell you that Steven will be joining us as a community blogger… Steven Doyle loves Indian, Chinese, “other ethnic cuisines,” and taqueries; his favorite restaurants include La Calle Dolce, York Street and Kalachandji’s Palace and Restaurant.
A few minutes later I discover a City of Ate post written on January 4 by Mr. Dave “Fairies” Faries. Mr. F announces the new line-up for City of Ate 2010 which includes this:
On Thursday, newcomer Steve Doyle pits one restaurant against another in Toque To Toque. It’s a dish against dish battle for supremacy.
I’m confused. Is Dallas Dude a real person or is Steve Doyle a real person? Is the City of Ate Steve Doyle the same as the Eatsblog Steven Doyle? Do both Doyles love Kalachandji’s? Dallas Dude, (I know you’re there), what’s going on? How can you be two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all?9 Comments »
Yes, I know everybody else has already reported that Dallas Chop House, the newest spot by Mike (Dallas Fish Market, Go-Fish, Fish Express) Hoque, has opened on Main Street in downtown. (Back off, Wilonsky) However, I have a small news update. The pdf from their PR machine reads: Dallas Chop House. We are now open. 1717 Main Street. 214-736-7300. Hours: Monday-Thursday 4:00 pm to 10:00pm. Friday-Saturday 4:00pm to 11:00 pm. Happy Hour Every Day All Day.
Full disclosure: I am in a crabby mood today and little things are making me crazy. SO, I ask you, dear reader, what does that last sentence mean to you? Are they open all day for happy hour? Or is happy hour every hour they are open? Is there an all day happy hour experience on Sunday? How many calories are in a martini? I’m just asking. Next.13 Comments »
A temporary sign announcing the opening of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood has been up at the building next to Equinox on Oak Lawn Avenue for a few months. However today there is an ad for a “tremendous opportunity to those looking to make hospitality their career” on Craigslist. Lord, how many steak and seafood or seafood and steak places can this city handle?
The ad goes on to say they “are looking for team members that have a high understanding of guest service, culinary arts and restauranteurship [sic].” I’ve been to several of the newest restaurants in town, you know the ones that the “top” waiters jump to for the opening buzz and hop off when the next big deal opens, and I haven’t seen much “high understanding” lately.
Too many top end restaurants? Too many servers with a bad attitude? Oh, some of you restaurant servers are giving me tired head. I wish some of you would consider hospitality as a career, not a quick buck.7 Comments »